36 St. John’s Street, Keswick, CA12 5AG 017687 72195

General release films include:

Paddington 2, Ferdinand, Battle of the Sexes, Professor Marston and The Wonder Women, Jumanji, The Florida Project, Stronger, Darkest Hour, Molly's Game, The Greatest Showman, The Commuter, Hostiles and more.

The Song Remains the Same (15) Led Zeppelin

8.00pm Friday 5th January

Filmed in 1973 over the course of a three-night stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden, this concert film shows Led Zeppelin at the apogee of their hard-rocking glory. In addition to featuring such indelible hits as ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven’, the live footage is interspersed with elaborate fantasy sequences, backstage shenanigans and a glimpse of what the business side of such a large touring operation entails.

Eric Clapton Life in 12 Bars 7.00pm Wednesday 10th January

contemporaries and many heroes, including BB King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison – this is a moving, revealing and surprising film about one of the great artists of the modern era.

Rigoletto Royal Opera House 7.15pm Tuesday 16th January

David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic 1851 opera, conducted by Alexander Joel and with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano, highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly- dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together, as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

The Last Laugh Friday 19th and Saturday 20th January

Look out for our preview/premiere of this new British (northern) film. When your life’s a joke it’s time to stand up! The story follows a college lecturer, Martin Dawson played by Nick Figgis and his hope to escape from obscurity by having a screenplay made into a film.

Cézanne Exhibition on Screen 5.30pm Tuesday 23rd January

One of the most talked about exhibitions of the year, dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne. One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the genius and significance of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.

Amy (15) Amy Winehouse 8.00pm Friday 2nd February

includes works by Dvořák, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Shostakovich – full of virtuosity, gracefulness and humour. Tosca

Royal Opera House 7.15pm Wednesday 7th February (165 min)

Drama, passion and fabulous music – Puccini’s operatic thriller is one of the great opera experiences. Dan Ettinger conducts a star cast led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja and Gerald Finley. From its strident opening chords, Tosca conjures up a world of political instability and menace. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera, ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is the star guest at Sir Simon Rattle’s side during the New Year’s Eve Concert, singing Richard Strauss’s lavishly beautiful orchestral songs. The programme also

An intimate evening with music legend Eric Clapton, broadcast live from the BFI Southbank. An introduction to and premiere of the film ‘Eric Clapton - A Life in 12 Bars’ followed by a live Q&A session with Eric Clapton. Told through his own words and songs, as well as those of his family,

friends, musical collaborators,

Cockermouth Scottish Country Dance Club held its annual winter dance at Braithwaite Village Hall to celebrate St. Andrew’s Day.

In last month’s edition of the Post, you will have seen how privileged we are to dance in a venue with such a splendid floor. Blue and white bunting, thistles and flags added to the atmosphere and fifty dancers enjoyed the music of Ian Thomson and his band, from Perth. We danced several dances with a cross formation in them. At the end of one particularly challenging dance, ‘The Iona Cross’, a big cheer went up; a sign of a great achievement and enjoyment. Then we performed it again for good measure!

On the actual day, we had our own class celebration at Lorton Street Hall. Dressed in

blue and white, we had a great evening, enjoying some lively dances.

After our Christmas party and a break for two weeks, we will start back on Thursday 4th January. New members are always welcome, both beginners and experienced.

Children’s classes will resume on Monday 29th January, so tell your friends to come and join us.

For more information, visit or contact Marion on 01900 817045.

For the youth section, aged 7 upwards, contact


Christmas is almost here and although the schools will have closed for the holidays, by the time you are reading this, I have been thinking about the significance of all the school performances. The concerts, nativity plays and so on, which are such an important part of the activities leading up to the festive season.

Children naturally get very excited about performing, especially if their families and friends are coming to watch them. It is a wonderful way for them to express themselves and learn to work as a team. Sharing this experience has a huge effect on building a young person’s confidence for the future. It is amazing how long these early memories can live on, into later life.

When I was still in junior school, around 8 years of age, I was given the exalted role of ‘the second shepherd’ in our school nativity. I can still remember laboriously copying out my lines to learn at home, Mum rustling up a costume and then the sheer excitement of rehearsing and performing for the audience. Who would have thought that a career in performing, coaching and musical direction would have come from such humble beginnings? I was lucky enough to have been brought up in a musical

background, as Mum was a brilliant pianist and teacher but that first experience of being on stage began to crystallize what I absolutely loved doing. I later joined a youth theatre and the rest, as they say, is history.

During my career, I have been involved in directing youth theatre performances and have watched other children follow in my footsteps. Some of those children are now working as professionals all over the world and keep in touch with me via the wonders of the internet. I really believe that the performing arts and the adequate funding of them – are hugely important in helping to develop our young people in so many ways and who knows, they could actually become the rising stars of tomorrow.

Merry Christmas!

Susan Coombs Member of the British Voice Association & Association of Teachers of Singing

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